Fields of Expertise
If someone is in custody, we can arrange a “bail application” to apply to get them of custody.
Doogue + George have much experience in contested bail applications and also in negotiating appropriate bail conditions.
Being prepared properly for a bail application is extremely important.
Doogue + George have successfully defended many alleged sex offences both at committal and at trial. Prison is often the only option for the Court if a person is found guilty of a sex offence. We know there are many people who are wrongly charged with sex offences and need strong representation on their behalf.
Sex offences are incredibly confronting for clients. For the innocent person who has had a false allegation made against them they are facing many years in prison and lengthy periods of time (or life) on the Sex Offender Registry.
Generally, drug use is a factor for those charged with drug offences. If you are pleading guilty, our aim is to find suitable rehabilitation or counselling for you prior to appearing at Court to show the Court that you are making an effort to get your life back on track.
It is a very important issue to try to avoid conviction for minor possession charges as it can effect future employment and overseas travel.
If you are pleading not guilty, drug cases often rely on analysing large quantities of evidence to show that the Police misunderstood what that evidence shows.
Our drink driving lawyers have handled a large number of drink driving cases where clients are charged with exceeding the prescribed concentration of alcohol or driving under the influence. Inn drink driving cases, a lawyer benefits you by keeping the Magistrate to the minimum penalty, as they can and often do impose extra disqualification periods.
We have appeared in many culpable driving cases including successfully defending truck drivers in both the Kerang and Trawalla cases where trains have crashed into trucks at crossings. We use crash reconstruction experts and other experts to present your position better to the Court.
The Courts and Judges are imposing much heavier sentences for crimes of violence such as gross violence charges. The Victorian gross violence legislation involves circumstances where they can impose a minimum mandatory sentence of 4 years in prison, regardless of whether you have been in trouble before.
Often, people are innocent of assault charges but end up charged because they won the fight or were simply defending themselves. There are also often issues surrounding the truth of what is alleged and where a person is mistakenly identified as being involved.
People can get in trouble because they are struggling to make ends meet. Often, if you are pleading guilty to theft offence, you have an explanation for the situation you are in. It is our job to explain that properly to the Magistrate or Judge.There are also, often issues about whether you are guilty of an offence due to a factual error or, in fact, you are innocent of any offending.
Your biggest concern may be to try to avoid a conviction, which will affect your future employment. In these situations, our solicitors would try to arrange a diversion or gather the material to support a submission that you should not get a conviction.